that said, the second most important accessory for the broke is a sewing machine. because as thankful as i am that my teensy budget precludes me from getting too materialistic, i also love clothes, and styling things in interesting ways, and playing around with colors and textures, especially for kiddos. i'm not gonna lie, sometimes i do dream about being able to buy more of the fabulous fashions i see and am inspired by. it is a real struggle for me at times not to get caught up in the consumption and materialism of our culture.
i recently stumbled across these pants, and i was instantly smitten. they'd be so cozy and awesome for shoshi all winter long! this is embarrassing, but i actually spent a couple of days feeling all bummed out that i couldn't afford a seventy dollar pair of sweatpants for my kid. (honestly, my budget would cringe a little at a pair of toddler sweatpants one-tenth of that price.) then i got pissed. how is it okay to charge that much for a pair of toddler pants? more importantly, how is it okay for me to wish i could pay that much for a pair of toddler pants?
so i decided to make my own. i got out some fabric last night that i'd thrifted and been saving since last winter, and busted out a pair in less than an hour. (in the midst of this whirlwind of festival preparations, no less! talk about crazypants.) everything but the elastic was thrifted, total cost about $3. and they turned out awesome: so warm and cozy, so rad. i actually like them a lot better than the original apple-pants of my eye, and best of all, i didn't have to buy into the consumption machine that is churning ever-so-seductively all around us, all the time. another win for sewing!